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Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday events

MLK Community Celebration

FRI Seattle Community Colleges host tribute with actor Jim Lucas portraying Dr. King to chronicle the Civil Rights movement, with music by Mount Zion Inspirational Choir, noon Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (

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SAT Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. by planting a tree to celebrate peace and diversity in the world, 1 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free (206-386-4236 or

MLK Day of Service, Nature Consortium

SAT, MON Work parties to remove invasive species, mulch and plant native trees and plants to restore native habitat, 10 a.m. Saturday and Monday, West Duwamish Greenbelt, Highland Park Way Southwest and West Marginal, Seattle; preregister at least 24 hours in advance (206-923-0853 or

MLK Weekend of Service, Earth Corps

SAT, MON MLK Weekend of Service program on history of Seattle urban forests and the legacy of Dr. King, restoration projects to remove invasive plants, weed, and plant native trees and shrubs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dr. Jose Rizal Park, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Cheasty Greenspace, Cheasty Boulevard South and South Della Street, Seattle; preregister (

Share the Dream Musical Celebration of Dr. King

SUN Music and inspiration celebrates the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, reflection from Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney, local civil rights leader and King classmate at Morehouse College, 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, offerings accepted to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300 or

MLK Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, awards, performances, resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (

Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally, March

MON Honoring Dr. King and his work for racial equality, economic justice and nonviolence with theme “Let Freedom Ring,” workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Monday; rally with speakers, poetry and music, 11 a.m.; march to the Jackson Federal Building, 12:30 p.m. for brief outdoor rally, 1:45 p.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle (

History in the Making: Presidential Inauguration and MLK Day

MON Community gathering to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and watch the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or

King Holiday Hoopfest

MON High school basketball tournament, appearances by Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, Jason Terry and other NBA players from local high schools, proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and Friends of Hoop, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Royal Brougham Pavilion, Seattle Pacific University, 3414 Third Ave. W., Seattle: $10 (

MLK Day of Service, Fremont

MON Keynote speaker Franklin Donahoe, Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs, help assemble hygiene packets for disaster victims, Community Service Forum to learn about local community organizations, potluck lunch, presentation on mission to Haiti, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Doric Lodge, 619 N. 36th St., Seattle (

MLK Day of Service, UW

MON Kickoff gathering 8-9 a.m., then head out to service projects around the city 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, University of Washington HUB (Husky Union Building), 4001 N.E. Stevens Way, University of Washington, Seattle; preregister (206-543-4282 or

Tribute to Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi

MON Music and readings of personal stories of King and Gandhi and their messages of social justice, harmony and cooperation, 7 p.m. Monday, East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-523-3726).

MLK Day of Service Food Drive

MON Shoreline Community College students and community members collecting food donations at 10 grocery stores, sign up for a three-hour shift or donate all day Monday (206-533-6690 or

Celebration of a Dream MLK Tribute Event

MON Entertainment including X-Factor finalist Leroy Bell, Seattle Peace Chorus, speakers; Health and Wellness Fair information, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 or

MLK Day of Service, Friends of Cedar River Watershed

MON Help restore Madrona Woods 9-acre urban forest by planting native trees and shrubs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., above Madrona Beach, Seattle; interpretive program of history of the Cedar River and its salmon, help plant native trees and shrubs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Cavanaugh Pond, north side of the Maple Valley Highway (Hwy. 169) 4.5 miles east of I-405, Maple Valley; preregister (

MLK of Service, Kirkland

MON Washington Conservation Corps project for all ages to remove invasive plants to restore forest habitat, wear sturdy shoes or boots, work gloves if you have them, 10 a.m. Monday, Carillon Woods Park, 5429 106th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; preregistration requested, not required (

MLK Day of Service, Issaquah

MON Mountains to Sound Greenway native tree potting, 9 a.m.-noon or noon-3 p.m. Monday, Greenway Nursery, Issaquah, preregister (206-812-0122 or

MLK Unity Breakfast

MON Dream Awards community recognition, performances, keynote speaker Carolyn McKinstry, 8 a.m. Monday, University of Washington Tacoma, 1900 Commerce St., Tacoma; $5-$20, reservations requested, day of event tickets if space available (

MLK event, UPS Tacoma

TUE Keynote speaker John Carlos, 1968 Olympic medal winner and civil rights/humanitarian activist, comments by local and campus leaders, music, reception and book signing with Carlos, author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; free (

Animal events

On-Leash Nature Walk

SAT Leashed dogs welcome on guided nature walk for all ages to learn about wildlife, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $3-$5, preregister (206-652-2444 or

See Bald Eagles on the Skagit River

SAT-SUN Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service stations with volunteers, spotting scopes, binoculars, information, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 27, Sutter Creek Rest Area, Concrete; Marblemount Fish Hatchery, and Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; free (360-856-5700 or

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Eagle-viewing information, educational displays on eagles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free, donations appreciated (360-853-7626 or

Summit Assistance Dogs Graduation Ceremony

SUN Public invited to celebrate the graduation of nine new service dog teams, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Highland Community Center, 14224 Bellevue-Redmond Road, Bellevue; free (360-293-5609 or

Ways of Whales workshop

PLAN AHEAD Orca Network on Northwest whales and the threats to their habitat, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Coupeville Middle School, Coupeville; $25-$30, preregister (


Crab Feed

PLAN AHEAD Dinner, entertainment, raffle, dessert auction, dance, proceeds benefit Sons of Norway Educational Foundation, 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $30-$35/adults, $15/students and ages 12 and younger (206-783-1274 or

Gifts From the Earth

PLAN AHEAD Food by top regional chefs, dinner paired with Washington wines, auction to benefit SSCC programs and scholarships, 5 p.m. Jan. 26, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; $175 (206-934-5809 or


International District

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 20-mile, leisurely paced urban ride with lunch/snack stop; showers, snow or ice cancel, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (

Sunday Pedalers

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 25-mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills to Marymoor Park with lunch stop; steady rain cancels, noon Sunday, Cottage Lake Park, 18831 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville (

Birding Winged Migration

FRI Film on migrating birds around the world, 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., McCollum Park, Everett; free (425-316-8592 or

Birds of a Feather

SAT IslandWood Naturalists winter bird tour followed by a bird themed art project, for ages 8 and older, 10 a.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center at Clean-Water Treatment Facility, 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville; free, donations accepted, preregister (206-263-8862 or

Wetland Birds

SUN Learn about herons, waterfowl, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).


Burns Night

SAT Royal Scottish Country Dance Society dancing, music, poetry to celebrate the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns, 7 p.m. Saturday, Congregational Church of Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island; $12 at the door (

Dancin’ at the Barn

SAT Cowboy Cha Cha lesson, 7 p.m., Country Dance Party and potluck, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $15/lesson and dance, $12/dance only (425-255-9211).

Saturday Night Tango

SAT Tango lesson, 8:30 p.m.; social dance 9:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dance Underground, 340 15th Ave. E., Seattle; $15 (206-781-9553 or

Seattle Family Dance

SUN Dance to live folk music for ages 9 and younger and their families, no partner or experience necessary, 3 p.m. Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6-$18 (206-330-7408 or

Sunday Swing

SUN Swing-dance lesson, 6:30 p.m.; dance to live music by Nickel Pot Joe with guest Greta Matassa, 7 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $10-$15 (425-556-2314 or

Masquerade Waltz & Cabaret d’Artiste

PLAN AHEAD Dance with the Valse Cafe Orchestra, waltz, swing, blues, tango and Latin, cabaret with vocals, dance; mask required, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle; $20-$60, by reservation; tickets at the door if space available (206-323-1263 or


Washington Sportsmen’s Show

WED-JAN. 27 Exhibits, seminars, vendors on hunting, fishing, camping equipment, sport fishing boats. RVs, DockDogs competition, indoor Steelhead River, Northwest Tour of Big Game Animals, free trout pond for kids, noon-8 p.m. Jan. 23-25; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 26; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 27, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5-$12 (253-841-5045 or

Food events

Pinot Noir Tasting

SAT Winemakers from Washington’s Maury Island Winery and Oregon’s Montinore Vineyards, 4 p.m. Saturday, Black Door Wine Company, 3906 N. 34th St., Tacoma; $20 (206-359-0466 or

Winemakers Dinner

JAN. 24 Five-course meal accompanied by Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Salty’s on Alki Beach Seafood Grill, 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; $80 by reservation (206-937-1600).


Planning Your Vegetable Garden

SAT Preparing and planting your vegetable garden, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Sky Nursery events

SAT-SUN General pruning, 11 a.m. Saturday; Houseplants 101, 1 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

Hardy Cyclamen Sale & Open House

SAT-SUN Winter hardy cyclamen sale, basketry studio and display, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Bouquet Banque Nursery, 8220 State Ave., Marysville; free (360-659-4938 or


Coal Creek Park Ranger Hike

SAT Discover Bellevue’s largest park wilderness and its history and wildlife on 5-mile, moderate difficulty hike, 10 a.m. Saturday, Red Town Trailhead, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 7500 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Newcastle; free (425-452-4195 or

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

SAT, MON Cedar River 6-7 mile, moderate pace hike from Landsburg to Lake Wilderness, 10 a.m. Saturday; Twin Falls easy 3-4 miles, 10 a.m. Monday, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (

Sound Steps spring training program

PLAN AHEAD Beginning and experienced walkers ages 50 and older invited to join in Saturday morning training walks February through June to prepare to walk in a 5K, 10K or half-marathon walk; orientation meetings, 10 a.m. Jan. 26, Jefferson Community Center, Seattle; and 1 p.m. Jan. 30, Greenwood Senior Center, Seattle; preregister (206-684-4664 or

Museum events

Seattle Children’s Museum benefit for Newtown Children’s Museum

FRI One dollar of each admission donated to build a new children’s museum in Newtown, Conn., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (

Astronomers Without Borders

SAT Astronomy outreach program, observe the universe from vantage points around the world, 2 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17 (206-764-5720 or

Archaeology @ the Burke

SAT Discover archaeology, touch tables with artifacts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., guided exhibit tour, 1 p.m. Saturday; also, “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibit explores how culture was changed by plastics, how they’re made and what happens when they are tossed out, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 27, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Eats & Beats: Tim Noah

SAT Eric Ode music, stories, skits, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $8-$12 (425-637-8100 or

Model Railroad Show

SAT-MON Dozens of model railroad layouts, Iron Horse Railway rides, craft activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $9-$16 (206-443-2001 or

BAM Family Day

SUN Performances from world cultures, art activities for kids, free admission for all, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way, Bellevue (425-519-0770 or

Art Rocks at ICM

SUN-MON Art studio projects for kids, Polar Penguin Project, Sunday; MLK mural, Monday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $9 (425-258-1006 or

Movies @ the Museum: Mulan

WED Movie on the big screen, 6 p.m. Wednesday, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 4089 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; $5-$8 (206-443-2001 or

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

JAN. 24 Speaker Hilda Maryhew talks about Lincoln, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, Kent Historical Museum, 855 E. Smith St., Kent; $5-$12 by reservation (253-854-4330 or

Salvaging the Wawona

JAN. 24 Artist John Grade talks about the large-scale sculpture he created from salvaged wood from the historic sailing ship, 7 p.m. Jan. 24, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free, reservations requested (

I DO! Traditions of the American White Wedding

ONGOING Antique wedding gowns and accessories to explore traditions of the American white wedding, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through April 14, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $1-$2 (253-288-7437 or

Paddle sports

Experience dragonboating

ONGOING Hourlong excursion to experience the team sport, no experience or reservations required, all equipment provided, for ages 18 and older or ages 12 and older with parent; 8 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, next to Kenmore Air at 950 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-523-4518 or

Park events

Green Hour

SAT Nature activity for families, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195/info, 425-452-6885/register or

Wonderful Winter Adaptations

SAT Ranger walk and program for all ages on local animals in winter, 2 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hills Greenbelt, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-452-7225 or

Discovery Park, the Early Years

SUN Explore who and what was at this site before it was a park, 1 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free (206-386-4236 or

Arboretum Walk

SUN Tour with theme Ancient Trees; 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800).

Invasives: Hot Topics in Washington Conservation

SUN Learn about invasives and ways to help alleviate their impacts on our environment, for ages 12 and older, 1 p.m. Sunday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, preregistration required, course # 72624, (425-452-6885 or

Free day at National and State Parks

MON Fees waived on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at all Washington State Parks that usually required Discover Pass and at Mount Rainier, Olympic and other National Parks, Monday ( and

Owl Prowl Party & Walk

PLAN AHEAD Learn about owls, then hike into the forest to call down resident owls, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $5, by reservation (206-652-2444 or


Family Entertainment

SAT Family entertainment, Caspar Babypants, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, High Point Community Center and Field, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $3/advance, $5/day of show per person, $20 family maximum (206-684-7422).

Snow sports

Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass

FRI-SUN Forest Service guided 90 minute walks to learn about the winter ecosystem, wildlife on one-mile loop walk through old-growth forest, snowshoes provided, no experience necessary; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; half-day hikes, 9 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays; winter photography outings on 4-5 hour outings, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 31; Kids in the Snow 90 minute walk to learn about tracking, crawl into a snow-cave, 1 p.m. Saturdays; day in the snow outings to learn history of the region, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; $25/photography and half-day outings; reservations required for all events (425-434-6111 or

Snowshoeing, Stevens Pass

SAT-SUN Introductory snowshoeing, learn about local history, the winter ecosystem and wildlife on 90-minute walk, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Feb. 24, reservations recommended, drop-ins welcome; Junior Snow Ranger snowshoeing activity for ages 6-12 to learn about the winter ecosystem and wildlife, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Feb. 24, reservations required, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, on Hwy. 2 east of Skykomish, Skykomish; suggested donation $10/youth, $15/adult (360-677-2233 or

Snowshoe walks, snowplay, Mount Rainier

SAT-MON Two hour guided snowshoe walks for ages 8 and older, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, sign up one hour before each walk, Jackson Visitor Center, $4/person; paradise snowplay area open Saturday-Monday, Mount Rainier National Park; all vehicles required to carry tire chains; park admission $15/per vehicle Saturday-Sunday, free on Monday (360-569-6575 or

Cascade Mountain Snowshoe

PLAN AHEAD Snowshoe in the Cascades followed by bonfire with hot drinks, snacks and s’mores, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 27, pick up and drop off at Seattle and Eastside locations; $69 by reservation (206-383-9828 or

Snowshoe walks, Mt. Baker Ranger District

PLAN AHEAD Snowshoe walk to learn about winter in the national forest, 10 a.m. Jan. 27, Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier; suggested donation $15/adults, $01/ages 16 and younger; reservations required (360-599-9572).

Special interest

South King County Genealogical Society

SAT Meeting, program on how to use timelines and chronologies to tell your ancestors’ stories, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church of Kent, 11420 S.E. 248th St., Kent; free (206-948-4286 or

Inauguration Day Viewing Party

MON Big screen event coverage, coffee and light breakfast items available, 8 a.m. Monday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; free (


U.S. Curling Women’s Challenge

FRI-MON 14 of the top US Women’s curling teams play in tournament to determine the final 6 spots in the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Curling Championships next month, games at 9 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Friday-Monday, Granite Curling Club, 1440 N. 128th St., Seattle; free (206-362-2466 or

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Camino de Santiago-The Artists Journey, 10 a.m.; Meaningful Travel-Do Good-Make a Difference, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or

Wide World Books & Maps events

TUE Doctor’s presentation on travel at extreme altitudes, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).


Money Wise Women Conference

SAT Keynote speakers and class sessions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 9 a.m. Saturday, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle; $39 (360-204-0982 or

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